Myths about PHP - Part I

Expansion of technology with the emergence of new software has made the web development process more exciting and easy. In spite of the influx of the numerous frameworks in the market for programming excellent websites, PHP remains on the top, and highly preferred by most of the developers.

One of the finest scripting languages, PHP has earned a great fame with 20 million websites using this framework. Still, there lingers around some of the common myths about this general-purpose programming language.

Here in this blog, we will explore some these wrong beliefs prevailing about PHP.

PHP - Resolved for Just Website Development

PHP is mainly popular for developing web applications. But, with the help of a command line interface, you can carry out different operations outside a web server, whether website related or not. Moreover, using PHP-Gtk extension, you can create desktop applications to run on Mac, Linux, Windows or any other operating system.

PHP - Not a Compiled Language But an Interpreted One

A tough technical term to explain, but here we go... A compiled language is one that requires the source code to be converted into a machine code before it can be executed. An interpreted language is one that allows source code to be directly executed without a need to undergo the compilation step.

Since the launch of PHP 4 in the year 2000, PHP is not restricted to just an interpreted language. On running the PHP script, first the Zend engine compiles the source code into machine code named Zend opcodes. These are stored in the RAM. Then, these opcodes are smoothly executed to run the script. Thus, PHP is a promising compiled language same as C#, Java and others. Otherwise, it would run too slow.

PHP Documentation - Bad and Insufficient

I have heard people saying that PHP documentation is too bad as it requires user comments to mend it. On the contrary, the good thing about PHP is its documentation. It is well structured, clear and more complete. It just the user comments that make it richer and absolute.

PHP - Lacks Behind Other Languages in Doing Something

There are certain things that you cannot do in PHP, but can perform in other languages. This you can carry out using different programming styles but that does not mean that you cannot create same features using PHP, given all its extensions. Still, if you think that there is something that can only be done in some other languages, then you are wrong, as PHP with all its special extensions does not leave you without a solution.

PHP - Not feasible of What “X” Language Does

PHP is an extensible language. If you are looking for something that this main scripting language does not include, you can specifically create PHP extensions, by writing C or C++ codes. So, this Hypertext Preprocessor can do anything, which other languages can do.

Moreover, if you want something new for which no extension exists, with this server side language – you can always develop a new extension yourself. If you are not an expert in programming C or C++  code, you always have an option to hire a PHP developer who can do this for you.

Well, the list of myths does not end here. We will discuss some more misconceptions regarding PHP in our next blog. Till then stay tuned!

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